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4/27/2017

More performances and more music coming up! In May, my new brass trio will be premiered at the New Britain Museum of Modern Art. It's called High Times for Low Brass and is a strange mix of genres and levels. I'm also hard at work on Dan's Trumpet Sonata and a new work for Trombone and Violin, a vocal jazz piece for my friends Jenn and Shon, and some incidenal music for a poet and chamber ensemble. I'm also starting the long term planning of a musical and a song cycle for kids, but those are way in the planning stages.

2/23/2017

Time flies when you decide to buy a house, so while I've been busy doing that I haven't updated the site in awhile.

Coming up on March 9th, Matt Russo and the UCONN Symphony will premiere the newly orchestrated version of my first trombone concerto, "Cowiche" at 8pm. You can find more information HERE.

Next up some chamber and jazz music. I've been commissioned to write a new work for Trumpet and Piano for Dan D'Addio, and then I'm looking to write some fun music for fun performers. Want something, let me know?

7/11/2016

New Recording! Listen to John Hart and the Hartt Wind Ensemble premiere Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?! They did a fantastic job with the work and the recording came out quite well. Enjoy!

3/19/2016

Sorry again for the delay in posting. Coming up in April, Glen Adsit and the Hartt Wind Ensemble will premiere Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? in Hartford, CT. I'm also at working on a commission for the Army MI Corps Band that will be premiered out west in the fall. Some other works are slowly gestating, so I hope 2016 will be a lot fuller than 2015. Stay tuned for more announcements!

9/7/2015

...but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river is complete and in the hands of Elisabeth and HICO. Concert will be 10/10 at 7:30pm in Hartford and I'd love to have as many there as possible. Here's the poster:

7/21/2015

but in this dark night continues to develop and the entire work is here. Now just comes the whole editing process. And in a separate note, Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?will be premiered by Glen Adsit and the Hartt Wind Ensemble in April 2016. It will be on a concert that also features the works of my two mentors, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. Should be a fun reunion! But for now, back to work.

6/29/2015

I'm currently working on a large-scale work for the soprano Ellisabeth Halliday and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra entitled, ...but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river: The Diary of Agnes Williams. Yes, it's quite the mouthful, and it's giant, at least 30 minutes long. It will be premiered this coming October and I'll keep you updated as we get closer. I'm nearly done with the first draft and have just recently settled on the title (although with it being so long you'd think I couldn't settle on anything...). More to come as the process continues!

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Upcoming Performances

May 14th, 2017: High Times for Low Brass will be premiered at the New Britian Museum of Modern Art

April 29th, 2017: What we talk about when we talk in 140 characters will be performed by HICO at The CT Historical Society in Hartford, CT.

April 12th, 2017: What we talk about when we talk in 140 characters will be performed by HICO at Eastern Connecticut State University.

March 9th, 2017: Concerto for Trombone "Cowiche" will be premiered by Matthew Russo and the UCONN Symphony Orchestra at the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT.

February 2nd, 2017: Boombox Serenade will be performed by Dan D'Addio at CCSU in New Britain, CT.

October 1st, 2016: From Sabres to Satellites will be premiered by US Army MI Corps Band in New Mexico.

April 30th, 2016: Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? will be premiered by Glen Adsit and the Hartt Wind Ensemble.

October 10th, 2015: but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river will be premiered by Elisabeth Halliday and The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

June 6th, 2015: Souvenirs/Miniatures will be premiered at June in Buffalo.

May 14th, 2015: David Tayloe and Marko Stuparevic will premier A Page Out of Zen in West Hartford, CT as part of ACF's "Composers Night Out".

April 4th, 2015: Caitlin Yovino will premier le mieux, for solo clarinet and tape, in Hartford, CT.

March 8th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will perform Ephemeral Moments: from an opera in Lexington, MA.

February 15th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will perform Ephemeral Moments: from an opera in Jersey City, NJ.

February 14th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will premier Ephemeral Moments: from an opera at the National Opera Center in New York City.

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